12th February 2019 Current Affairs

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Great Indian Bustard announced as the New Mascot for COP-13

  • The Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardha has announced the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) as the mascot for the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS).
  • The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) will be held in Gujarat in 2020.
  • He also revealed that the bird has been fondly named by the ministry as ‘Gibi‘.

RBI changes threshold for bulk deposit

  • RBI has decided to alter the definition of bulk deposits in the recent monetary policy review.
  • It has been revised as single deposits of Rs 2 crore and above.
  • Final guidelines regarding this will be issued by the end of Feb 2019. Banks have also been asked to maintain their bulk deposit card rates.
  • This indicates that the interest rates are expected to go down.

Jamie Chadwick becomes the first female driver to win MRF Challenge title

  • British driver Jamie Chadwick (20-years) has become the first female driver to win the MRF challenge title after scoring a triple win in the final round in Chennai.
  • Earlier, Chadwick became the first woman to win a British F3 race.
  • Now, Chadwick will focus on the inaugural Women’s’ Series, which has been backed by former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.

Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam Wins Israel’s Dan David Prize 2019

  • Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam won the prestigious Dan David Prize 2019 for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during the early modern era.
  • He won Israel’s prestigious USD 1 million-dollar award in the category of” Past Time Dimension” for his work in macro-history.
  • Once presented with the award money, Subrahmanyam will donate 10% of the prize money towards scholarships for graduate or post-graduate researchers.

Jimmy carter won Grammy award 2019

  • Former US President Jimmy Carter won his second Grammy Award for spoken word album for his biography “Faith A Journey for All”.
  • The 39th president of the US won his first Grammy award in 2016 for one of his works, “A Full Life: Reflections at 90”.
  • He is not the only US President to win a Grammy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have also won Grammy’s in 2005 and 2008 respectively.

12th February: National Productivity Day

  • National Productivity Day is observed every year on 12th February.
  • The main observance of the day is organized by the National Productivity Council (NPC) for encouraging all stakeholders in the implementation of productivity tools and techniques with contemporary relevant themes.
  • ‘Circular Economy for Productivity & Sustainability’ has been selected as the theme for the National Productivity Week -2019.
  • Every year 12th to 18th of February is celebrated as the National Productivity Week.

Actor Mahesh Anand Passes Away

  • Noted actor Mahesh Anand, best known for playing the villain in several Bollywood films in the late 1980s and 1990s has passed away at the age of 57.
  • The actor has worked in many hit movies like ‘Kurukshetra’, ‘Swarg’, ‘Coolie No 1’, ‘Vijeta’, ‘Shahenshah’ and more.

IAV inaugurated in Thiruvananthapuram

  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • It is first of its kind research institute linked to the Global Virus Network (GVN) and will operate from the Bio 360 Life Sciences Park at Thonnakkal in the capital city.
  • It can confirm the viruses causing infectious diseases and detect new ones without any delay.

3-Day Long Krishi Kumbh Held in Bihar

  • In Bihar, Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the three-day Krishi Kumbh in Motihari.
  • Over fifteen thousand farmers from different states and about two hundred agricultural scientists are participating in the Kumbh.
  • The objective of Krishi Kumbh is to promote modern techniques and diversification in agriculture that could help in doubling farmers income.
  • The government is creating strong infrastructure from “Beej to Bazar” for enhancing the income of farmers.

8 new medical devices notified as drugs

  • The Centre notified eight new devices as “drugs”.
  • They include – all implantable medical devices, CT scan equipment, MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machine, PET equipment, X-ray machine, and bone marrow cell separator.
  • Their import, manufacture, and distribution are now regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
  • 27 types of devices were notified as drugs until last year.

NTPC Signs Pact with SBI For Rs 5000 crore Term Loan

  • State-owned power giant NTPC has announced that it has signed a term loan agreement for Rs 5,000 crore with State Bank of India.
  • The loan facility is extended at an interest rate linked to 3-Month MCLR of the Bank.
  • This loan has a door to door tenure of 15 years and will be utilised to part finance the capital expenditure of NTPC.

Try out the quiz ?

1. UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) 2020 will be held in which place?

Correct! Wrong!

The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) will be held in Gujarat in 2020.

2. Recently RBI has decided to alter the definition of which deposits?

Correct! Wrong!

RBI has decided to alter the definition of bulk deposits in the recent monetary policy review.

3. Who has become the first female driver to win the MRF challenge title after scoring a triple win in the final round in Chennai?

Correct! Wrong!

British driver Jamie Chadwick (20-years) has become the first female driver to win the MRF challenge title after scoring a triple win in the final round in Chennai.

4. Who has won the prestigious Dan David Prize 2019?

Correct! Wrong!

Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam won the prestigious Dan David Prize 2019 for his work on inter-cultural encounters between Asians, Europeans and people of North and South America during the early modern era.

5. Who wrote the biography "Faith A Journey for All"?

Correct! Wrong!

Former US President Jimmy Carter won his second Grammy Award for spoken word album for his biography “Faith A Journey for All”.

6. National Productivity Day is observed every year on which day?

Correct! Wrong!

National Productivity Day is observed every year on 12th February.

7. Mahesh Anand has passed away, he was a famous.......

Correct! Wrong!

Actor Mahesh Anand, best known for playing the villain in several Bollywood films in the late 1980s and 1990s has passed away at the age of 57.

8. In which place Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) has been inaugurated?

Correct! Wrong!

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Institute of Advanced Virology (IAV) in Thiruvananthapuram

9. Three-day Krishi Kumbh has been inaugurated in which district of Bihar?

Correct! Wrong!

In Bihar, Governor Lalji Tandon and Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh jointly inaugurated the three-day Krishi Kumbh in Motihari.

10. The Centre notified eight new devices as drugs. Now these device will be regulated under which Act?

Correct! Wrong!

The Centre notified eight new devices as “drugs”. Their import, manufacture, and distribution are now regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

11. NTPC has announced that it has signed a term loan agreement for Rs 5,000 crore with which Bank?

Correct! Wrong!

State-owned power giant NTPC has announced that it has signed a term loan agreement for Rs 5,000 crore with State Bank of India.

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